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Published April 4th 2017
Pick up a designer handbag and a kitchen table too?
If you are a savvy shopper always looking for a bargain in the 'sale' section of your favourite shops, then DFO Homebush is your kind of shopping destination. DFOs collect multiple outlet shops under one roof to allow you to shop the sales all year round.
DFO Homebush completed a 100-million dollar makeover in mid-2014. It is now a multi-story building with a homemaker centre and food court on the bottom floor and outlet shopping on the top floor. With the new homemaker centre and food court, DFO Homebush is trying to give you more reasons to visit and extend your stay.
If you have ever been to a DFO and are familiar with their industrial style of their fitouts, you will feel like you are in familiar territory on the outlet level. The concrete floor and visible foil-lined roof is still there, but in parts it goes upmarket with a polished floor and finished ceilings that makes you feel like you are at a renovated Westfield. The high-end finish of the centre makes the upmarket stores that are now in DFO Homebush feel right at home. DFO Homebush is now home to high-end outlet stores for Armani, Burberry, Coach, and Oroton amongst others.
The Armani store in the high-end section at DFO Homebush
The outlet stores at DFO Homebush are overwhelmingly fashion stores. I was hoping to pick up some drinking glasses for a good price but found no stores to buy them from. My advice would be to check the store list if you are after something in particular before making the trip.
The Burberry store in the high-end section at DFO Homebush
On the homemaker level you will find the likes of JB HI-FI Home, Freedom Furniture, Adairs Homemaker, OZ Design Furniture, and Snooze. That's a lineup of homemaker stores that you'd find in any homemaker centre, so unless you live close by, you are unlikely to be lured by the homemaker centre alone.
Also on the homemaker floor is a 475-seat food court with food outlets including Boost Juice, Mad Mex, Oporto, and Subway. It's a food-court that is capable of rivaling any Westfield food-court. Prior to the redevelopment you could always grab something to eat if you were hungry, but the new food court gives you a reason to stay for lunch. There are also cafes on the outlet shopping level such as Oliver Brown's Belgian Chocolate if you arrive at morning/afternoon tea time.
Located 15kms west of Sydney's CBD, DFO Homebush is most easily accessible with a car. The carpark has been expanded to 2020 spaces with the 2014 renovation and you can park for free for two hours. Rates beyond two hours can be found on the DFO Homebush website. There is also a nearby bus stop. For further details on getting there, see the DFO Homebush website.
The high-end retailer section of DFO Homebush has a more salubrious finish